Is your young athlete active in sports?
If you child watches games with professional athletes like clockwork, you can pretty much tell they want to play well. Young athletes want to be professional and talented like even the pros, yet their abilities simply need training and time to develop. However, some young athletes fail to meet their potential due to a loss of confidence from poor vision.
Several sports like football or baseball demand peripheral vision that makes eyeglasses practically impossible. Even other sports can be difficult even with the best pair of sports eyewear. Eyeglasses can interfere with their level of ability or simply make training that much harder.
When serious, young athletes begin to rely on their vision, they often turn to their parents for contact lenses. Although standard contact lenses correct vision and ultimately help a child build confidence & perform better, they do not slow or stop the progression of nearsightedness.
Once a child requires any prescription for their near vision, their vision will continue to worsen.
On average, children will lose 0.5 diopters every year.
By the time they are ready to start college, their near vision may have become so poor that their reaction time & agility will have suffered. Therefore, retaining healthy, natural eyesight is extremely important. Many young athletes will be able to retain their athletic skills and continue their endeavors even at a professional level.
Fortunately, myopia control will help your child stay at a low prescription and prevent further near vision loss. Any young athlete who strives to be the star player on their team will appreciate having healthy vision and avoid the need for LASIK surgery in the future.